— David DeWitt
Archive for December, 2012
Dear Fellow Flynn Fans,
the picture above was taken on location while Errol Flynn and Waltraut Haas went through a text passage of the ill fated William Tell film. As I wrote before Mrs. Haas was cast for the role of Mary, a young swiss landlady secretly in love with the hero, ending up being raped and murdered by Austrian villain Jost, the henchman of the occupying army played by Bruce Cabot. Asked if there were any tensions to be felt between Flynn and Cabot during the filming, Mrs. Haas denied and stated that she was present at a formidable film fighting scene between the two. Pat, wife of Dave Crowley, assisted Mrs. Haas with her English pronounciation and they became friendly during their stay in Courmayeur. Then more real life drama occured. When filming was already at a halt due to labour unions oders from Rome, a young italian girl was murdered in the woods nearby! A curfew was suggested to the cast and crew. The culprit was arrested by the Italian police a week later, when they found the victims watch in his possession. He claimed to have been without a job and on his way to the French legion. Errol was enjoying himself going fishing, playing with his dog Coldnose and eating sardines out of cans. On the set of his own production no more (Vodka-) juiced oranges were necessary, he according to Mrs. Haas sipped rum and Coca Cola. Unrelated to “The story of William Tell” , but quite related to Errols lives and times, Mrs. Haas told me that she met Tyrone Power in Vienna when present at the film premiere of “Witness for the prosecution” directed by Austrian filmmaker Billy Wilder. Power was quite interested in the arts and so Mrs. Haas showed him the sights such as the Sobieski chapel overseeing the Austrian capital. He took a liking in Egon Schiele and bought one of his paintings, a two meter high canvas of a female nude. Parallels of Errols love for collecting paintings come to mind. I am determined to uncover more on “The greatest film never seen- Errol Flynn`s swashbuckling swansong William Tell” next year in Rome.
Until then all the best to all you good sports,
I found this interesting article which contains a few passages about Errol being dressed up for “Adventures of Don Juan”. Please scroll down a little until you see the costumes from that film.
— David DeWitt
I had mentioned to Inga that a friend of mine knew the daughter of Errol’s lawyer. I googled him and yes he was a very important lawyer in Flynn’s life. Here’s the question and a clue. He was with Flynn from the beginning and with Flynn even after the end. Name that lawyer. (One other clue that I already mentioned to Inga: It is not Geisler.) Happy Holidays and a big “Bung Ho” to you all. (And to all a good night.)–A. R.
Had to share this with you all! Linda Rogers is a good friend of mine from the Mainland who sent me an early Xmas gift! The puzzle was made in Germany, and she was able to do it because she visited this blog and found my favorite picture of Errol – one that I digitally altered to include my own name in the greeting for a grin and a giggle some time back! Here ’tis …
— David DeWitt